DATE: April 24, 2013
CONTACT: Maribel Feliciano, Broward County
Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division
May is Air Quality Awareness Month and the Broward County Pollution Prevention, Remediation and Air Quality Division would like to provide tips on simple things all residents can do to conserve energy, improve air quality and reduce your carbon footprint. Here are easy changes everyone can make to help:
• Change a light bulb. Switch to compact fluorescent or LED lights. They save a large amount of energy and will save you money in electricity costs.
• Adjust your thermostat. Cool your home at 78 degrees or warmer with the thermostat fan set to “auto.” Raise the thermostat to 82 degrees when away from the house.
• Give your car a break and leave it at home. Bike ride, walk, carpool or use mass transit (BCT or Tri-Rail) to get around town.
• Shut down work computers at night. Unless there is an update, there is no reason to leave them on.
• Unplug unused electronics. When electronics are not being used, unplug them from the outlet or keep them plugged into a power strip and switch it off.
• Participate in walk to lunch day. Walk to Lunch Day is scheduled for May 31.
• Inflate your tires. Keep the tires on your vehicle properly inflated. Save 250 pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
• Be sure to recycle paper, plastic, glass and aluminum cans at home and work. If your office does not recycle, bring the items home and toss them in your recycling bin.
• Sign up for Enviroflash which will immediately notify subscribers, via email or pager, when the air quality index falls out of the “good” category. The e-mail provides information on what precautions should be taken. Visit broward.org/PollutionPrevention to sign up for Enviroflash.
For more information and more tips visit the Air Awareness Month website.